Partnership Announced Between Autodesk and Gehry Technologies
Wednesday a partnership between Autodesk and Gehry Technologies was announced, with the goal of furthering the integration of building information modelling (BIM) software in the construction process and increasing the software’s exposure to architects and others within the construction industry.
Gehry Technologies is a consulting firm which advises companies on methods for incorporating and including computer assisted drawings (CAD) into their design and manufacturing process. Gehry Technologies is also the designer and developer of a popular (read: expensive) 3D modelling tool, Digital Project, which competes within the same markets as Autodesk’s Revit software. This newly formed partnership should create more synergy between incorporating CAD and BIM software together through the design and manufacturing process, as Gehry Technologies can continue to consult and train it’s customers on their 3D modelling as well as Autodesk BIM software suite.
The main difference in Autodesk’s Revit software and Gehry Technologies Digital Project is that Revit is a BIM software which recognizes each unique building piece as a separate entity and stores characteristic data on it, for example a steel beam would contain all the information of the geometry, structural and visual characteristics of the beam and would be broken down into it’s components in each dimension within space (X,Y,Z) requiring a lot of data to be stored simply for one beam. Whereas a 3D modelling software only recognizes the points in space of the steel beam, resulting in less data per beam and the ability to create complex geometric structures, efficiently. An additional benefit of the 3D modelling software is that manufacturing drawings are easily generated to suit most computer numerically controlled (CNC) manufacturing machines, whereas BIM software requires further processing to generate for fabrication drawings.
The partnership with Gehry Technologies will greatly increase Autodesk’s capabilities by syncing their BIM software with 3D modelling software and create more collaboration between stakeholders within the construction project and enable BIM software solutions to be further promoted within the industry to the required adopters, architects and project planners, who makeup the main customers of Gehry Technologies.